37 of the BEST Fudge Recipes -Perfect for the Holidays

Whether you like your fudge silky smooth, mixed with peanut butter or filled with nuts and berries, this round up of  over 35 Fudge Recipes will get you in the Holiday Spirit and ready to indulge your taste buds.

 I cannot believe we are in our 4th year of our Christmas Baking Frenzy! This year is our biggest and best one yet and I am so excited to share along in this tradition with you guys. Whether this is your first time here, or you are back for your 4th year in a row, WELCOME! We hope you find something special and delicious to whip up for your loved ones this Christmas season.

*Be sure to look below each photo for additional fudge recipes in that category you can try*

Classic chocolate fudge recipes

These are the best of the best, pure chocolate goodness!

This Traditional Chocolate Fudge  is from Cincy Shopper and it is a classic fudge recipe that everyone should have in their baking Rolodex! Simple and delicious ingredients come together in little time to make a decadent fudge for everyone to enjoy.

Traditional Chocolate Fudge Recipes

Also be sure to check out these scrumptious chocolate fudge recipes too:

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge – An Italian in my Kitchen 🎄 Vegan Chocolate Fudge – Rhian’s Recipes ❄️ Classic Chocolate Fudge – Attainable Sustainable ⛄️ Salted Chocolate Buttercream – Hybrid Rasta Mama 🎄 Wedding Favor Chocolate Fudge – A Bride on a Budget ❄️ Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge – The Olive Blogger  ⛄️

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Holiday Clementine Cranberry Cocktail

 The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail! 

The holidays are just around the corner so I thought today I would share my delicious Clementine Cranberry Cocktail (or mocktail!) for you to add to your list for entertaining! Any one who knows us will tell you that this drink is present at any and ALL events that we host. I have even brought the ingredients with me to other parties just so I could enjoy it more while the clementines are in season! 

Clementine Cranberry Cocktail

Aside from the fact that this drink is delicious, it is also GORGEOUS and really stands out as a unique Holiday Cocktail your guests will enjoy. It has a beautiful pale red color with notes of both tangy and sweet and the best part? The bubbles from the Ginger ale that bounce on your tongue as you sip (or gulp in my case!) it back! Everything about this Cranberry Cocktail screams holidays to me which is why it has been a staple in our celebrations for over 4 years now.

The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail! #HolidayCocktails #CranberryCocktail #ChristmasDrinks

The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail! #HolidayCocktails #CranberryCocktail #ChristmasDrinks

How do you make good holiday cocktails?

  • A good Holiday Cocktail starts with your barware. Be creative and have fun and be sure to have a wide selection of cocktail glasses to match the drink you are making.
  • Ice, Ice baby! Cold is best, no one likes a warm drink! Keep your liquid ingredients in the fridge to ensure optimal temperature for your cocktails.
  • Have a wide array of alcohol on hand so you can sub if someone doesn’t like your base (i.e. they prefer vodka cocktails to rum cocktails).
  • Measure your ingredients. Free-handing is fun but you don’t want to have too strong, or too weak, of a drink to serve your guests.
  • Add ice to your shaker right before mixing and no sooner…you don’t want to serve an overly diluted drink.
  • Always pay attention to the ingredients going into your cocktail, if it has carbonation be sure to STIR rather than SHAKE to avoid a messy situation.
  • ALWAYS garnish your cocktails! Even a simple garnish makes the difference between a drink and a perfect cocktail.

Holiday Clementine Cranberry Cocktail

The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail, perfect for any Holiday gathering!  
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Cocktails, Drinks, Mocktails
Cuisine: American, English-American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktails, Holiday Cocktail
Servings: 2 people
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

  • 3 Clementines
  • 1/2 cup Ginger Ale
  • 1.5 cup Cranberry Juice
  • handful Frozen Cranberries
  • 4 oz White Rum
  • handful Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Prepping the Clementine Juice
    Begin by using a fruit knife (often included in a cocktail shaker kit) to gently curl some of the rind for garnish, set aside. Cut the clementine in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl or container. 
  • Combine the cranberry juice, clementine juice, ice and rum in your cocktail shaker. Make sure the lid is on tightly and SHAKE to mix the ingredients well. 
  • Using the strainer, pour equal portions into your glass. Add 1/2 of the ginger ale along with a couple of frozen cranberries and stir gently to combine. 
  • Garnish
    On a small toothpick, spear 3-4 cranberries and wrap the clementine peel from earlier between. Place on top of your glass and serve. Add additional ice if you want it colder.

Notes

You can prepare your clementines ahead of time, we normally juice and peel them the day before our parties and keep the juice in a sealed container so it is easy to measure the day of! 
If you prefer your drink weaker (or stronger) be sure to adjust the rum to your tastes! 

Remember, everything is customizable! If you are having a large gathering you can always make this as a punch, just calculate the number of guests you have and increase your ingredients. For example, a party with 20 guests would require 10x the ingredients listed above. Also, if you have guests that do not drink alcohol you can easily omit the rum and it will still taste just as good. Always have fun with it and it will show to your guests, no one likes a stressed out party host!

more delicious holidays cocktails to enjoy

 

 

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

I thought it was time to share another super easy Fudge Recipe with you guys for our Christmas Baking Frenzy. This simple Chocolate Walnut Fudge is loaded with walnut pieces and topped with Christmas sprinkles which makes it a festive addition to your holiday trays. Like the Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge we shared the other week, this one comes together in minutes and takes just a couple of ingredients. It is so easy to make that you can do a double batch in under 15 minutes (yes!).

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I seriously just love a good fudge! It is not only great on your cookie trays, but awesome to package as a gift on its own as well (teachers gifts done!)…I mean who wouldn’t love to get a box of this Chocolate Walnut Fudge? I dare you not to lick the bowl before pouring this delicious fudge into your pan!

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

A simple Fudge Recipe loaded with Walnuts that can be topped with festive sprinkles for a perfect Christmas goodie.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Refrigerate2 hrs
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Servings: 24 pieces (more or less depending on size)
Author: Melissa ~ The Olive Blogger

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts or another nut you prefer!
  • pinch of salt 1/8 tsp

Instructions

  • Line a 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper
  • Over low heat in a medium pan heat condensed milk and chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted.
  • Remove from heat and add in vanilla and salt, stir well to combine.
  • Fold in the chopped walnuts and transfer immediately to your prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best) before cutting into desired size squares. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to serve or gift!

looking for more treats to make?

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge 

Chocolate Lace Cookies – Taste of Home

Do you have any traditions for the Holidays? Any special cookies or baked goods that you HAVE to make every year?! Share it with me below, or tag @theoliveblogger on Instagram so we can see your goodies.

This Chocolate Walnut Fudge is so easy to make. Full of creamy chocolate and chunks of walnuts it is a perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #ChocolateWalnutFudge

This Chocolate Walnut Fudge is so easy to make. Full of creamy chocolate and chunks of walnuts it is a perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #ChocolateWalnutFudge


Cookie Swap – Cookies with Fillings

Today we are sharing cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday baking. As part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy this year I asked for some of my fellow bloggers to share their favorite recipes and I was blown away by the response. I hope you enjoy these just as much as I did, now get your shopping list ready as I know there is at least one you will want to make.

easy raspberry filled sugar cookie cups: busy creating memories

This is a nice and easy recipe, using pre-made cookie mix and a delicious raspberry filling!

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chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies: 3 boys and a dog

Chocolate and peanut butter…do I need to say any more!? How about, no-bake (yes!) these are a winner for sure.

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einkorn mint milano cookies: a modern homestead

We all know and love the classic Milano cookie, these are a simple homemade version with a delicious dark chocolate peppermint filling…yum!

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chocolate fudge cookies with sprinkles: dinner at the zoo

A deliciously soft sugar cookie that is rolled in sprinkles and then filled with a creamy chocolate fudge.

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linzer lemon raspberry cookies: norine’s nest 

How festive are these Linzer cookies? They are a delicious shortbread type cookie that has lemon zest in the batter and then filled with a raspberry jam…uh yes please!

Lintz-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rolo stuffed chocolate cookies: crayons & cravings

These cookies are a chocolate lovers DREAM, it’s chocolate upon chocolate to create this delicious treat.

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chocolate peppermint chip sandwich cookies: snappy gourmet

Delicious little chocolate chip cookies that are made into little “sandwich cookies” with the addition of a peppermint frosting! A classic Christmas flavor combination if you ask me!

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Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Well there you have it friends, cookies upon cookies that are (in some way) filled with everything from jams and frosting, to candy and peanut butter! What are some of your favorite cookies to make for the Holidays? Share them below and join in on the cookie swap fun on my Instagram @theoliveblogger .

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Here it is, day 5 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy!! These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are sure to become a new favorite, they are perfectly soft on the inside and crunchy and sweet on the outside! I find them perfect for dipping in a cuppa tea and just love how festive they are with their Christmas sprinkles. The best part though? How incredibly easy they are to make!

Christmas-Sprinkle-Cookie-Texture

 

Do you see what I mean?! Look at how adorable they are, just covered in yummy sprinkles (you could really do these any time of year and just switch out the color sprinkles you use).

These cookies will forever hold a special place in my heart too…you see, while making these with my mom we got a call that my Gramma was not well (she had been in the hospital after falling and breaking her hip) and my mom dropped everything to rush to be with her. I will never forget the sadness I saw on my moms face that day. Not even 2 days later my Gramma passed. But you see, I don’t share this story to make you sad, but instead to remind you to cherish the time that you have with your family and loved ones this holiday season! I will think of my Gramma every year I make these now, and will take the time to stop and remember just how special she was to me.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and perfectly festive to leave on Santa's plate!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, English
Keyword: Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Servings: 3 dozen cookies
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 2.5 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract or peppermint if you prefer!
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c Butter softened
  • 1/4 c Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 c Christmas Sprinkles

Instructions

  • In stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and extracts (vanilla and almond) until smooth (about 5 minutes)
  • In a medium bowl sift together flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mix and combine.
  • Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350F and line tray with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl, roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and roll in sprinkles to coat the outside (I gently pushed the sprinkles as I went to ensure they stuck!)
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes on middle rack, they will still look pale, only very slightly golden, but trust me they are done!

I couldn’t even wait for these Christmas sprinkle cookies to cool when they came out of the oven, they looked so scrumptious! I devoured 3 of them with a nice glass of milk and didn’t feel the least bit guilty! So what are you waiting for? Get your shopping list read and get baking friends. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our next treat.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes